Over the years, I have worked with hundreds of individuals whom I have attempted to get into shape, and I have met a few who have had gastric bypass to lose weight. The results? They have gained most of their weight back or they are in and out of the hospital with some type of bowel ailment or other health issues. It has also been documented that some of the people who have had this weight loss procedure, have traded in one addiction, which is food, for another addiction.
Why Bypass Surgery?
When someone tells me they are considering the procedure, I usually ask them why. Can't they do it on their own? The usual answer is they have tried several diets and nothing works; therefore, this is their last hope. I understand that diet alone may not be the ultimate answer for people who are morbidly obese; but how about addiction counseling? I am talking about behavioral disorder as opposed to a food specific concern. Those who fail repeatedly at losing weight may need a treatment that combines counseling and controlled deprivation, just as they do with people who are addicted to alcohol. Should employers suggest to someone who is obese and unhealthy to consider counseling or would that be considered discriminatory or a violation of that person's civil rights?
A lifelong commitment
Seeing people I know reclaim their initial weight in a matter of months or traveling in and out of doctors' offices because of complications from gastric bypass surgery, made me question this approach to weight loss. Of course, there are people who get this done without any side effects. But I believe the decision to go the gastric bypass surgery way should not be taken lightly. Weight loss, no matter how it is done, is a lifelong commitment to eating well enough to optimally sustain the functions of the body. Coupled with regular exercise, a sensible diet will help maintain a healthy body weight.
Do you know of anyone who has had the surgery, experienced no complications whatsoever, and kept the weight off? Have you had this surgery and have you kept the weight off? If so, what lifestyle changes did you make to keep the weight off?
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